Pearl A. Dieck, age 93, of Marion passed away Friday, May 1, 2015 at St. Joseph Residence, New London.
The former Pearl Annette Gruenstern was born April 26, 1922 in the Town of Dupont, Waupaca County, to August W. and Bertha (Wendler) Gruenstern. Prior to marriage, she worked at Omar’s Bakery in Milwaukee and at several different jobs in Mobile, AL. Pearl was united in marriage to Clarence “Sam” Dieck on October 7, 1944 at St. John Lutheran Church, Marion. The couple dairy farmed in the Town of Dupont for many years and in 1972 passed the farm to their son and moved to Clintonville. Pearl worked at Wanta’s Floral & Greenhouse, Clintonville, for some time. The couple resided in Clintonville until 1994 when they returned back to Marion. Her husband preceded her in death on December 12, 2000. She was an active member at St. John Lutheran Church, serving on the Altar Guild, helping with countless projects with the Women of the ELCA, and volunteering her time with the Shepherding program. Pearl loved to do fancywork, sewing, crocheting, and embroidery. She also enjoyed planting in her gardens and growing beautiful flowers.
Survivors include three children, Donnaleen (Everette) Nelson of New London, Larry (Darla) Dieck of Marion, and Barbara (William) Clausen of Oshkosh. There are seven grandchildren: Matthew (Melissa) Nelson, Mark (Dana Plaster) Nelson, Lisa (Chris) Bredemann, Adam (Erin) Clausen, Benjamin (Missi) Clausen, Jennifer (friend Jill) Dieck, and Angela (Scott) Shalkhauser. There are 11 great-grandchildren: Paige, Peyton, Mason, Summer, Sullivan, Paisley, Claire, Ethan, Nathan, Jayla, and Jaxon (and two more on the way). There are two sisters-in-law, Irene Brady of Oshkosh and Marion Gruenstern of Appleton. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Pearl is preceded in death by her husband, Clarence “Sam”; an infant granddaughter, Christine Dieck; an infant great-grandson; four brothers, Fred, Arnold, Reinhold, and Gordon Gruenstern; and five sisters, Edna Bork, Valaria Korb, Dorothy Krenger, Alice Herzberg, and Ruth Brady. She is further preceded in death by two stepsisters, Lydia and Nora.
The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, May 6th at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, Marion with Rev. Bradley Dokken officiating and burial will follow at Roseland Cemetery, Marion. The Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Marion, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent via www.beil-didier.com.
Our family wishes to thank the wonderful nurses with Heartland Hospice and St. Joseph Residence for taking excellent care of Mom. We also wish to thank a special friend and caregiver, Sally Williamson, who helped out often allowing Mom to stay in her apartment at Camelot for so long.